Malta’s rugby team once again proves why they are a force to be reckoned with after a dominating defeat on away turf against Slovenia last weekend.
Team Malta traveled abroad over the weekend to face group rivals Slovenia in a wet and ill-tempered Ljubljana ground. The matchup marked the first time the two sides have met since 2001, where Slovenia ousted Malta 45 – 5.
Unlike their first encounter, Team Malta played sharp, disciplined rugby and put on a display that showed the world how much the sport has grown locally, beating Slovenia with a full-time score of 42-14.
Despite slow play caused by bad weather and several fumbles, Team Malta was quick to put points on the board and within 20 minutes possessed a 21 – 0 lead. The Maltese lads entered half time at a comfortable 28-7 thanks to the efforts of Harry Collins, Darren Deguara, Robert Holloway, James O’Brien, Luke Mathews who managed to put up points in the first half.
The beginning of the second half proved a little more fruitful for the Slovenian counterparts who made it 28-14 with Gobec scoring their second and final try of the game.
Slovenia’s momentum disappeared as quickly as it came with George Hepburn making a game-changing interception resulting in O’Brien once again converting to put Malta back up in a cozy 35-14 lead.
Team Malta sealed the deal when, in the final minutes of the game, Harry Collins leapt in for his second try of the game making the full-time score 42-14.
Malta’s dominant win sets them up nicely for their next competitive bout against group rivals Cyprus on November 23rd.
Photo Credit: Boris Goricki